The iPhone 4G Tear Down by Gizmodo


The so called “lost” iPhone saga continues. Gizmodo continues to report everything they can about the next iPhone. In case you’ve been out of the loop, here’s how it all started:

What’s next you ask? Well, throughout Gizmodo’s thorough investigation of the next iPhone, they painstakingly took it apart and posted a tonne of pictures. Some notes:

  • The battery is 19% larger than the iPhone 3GS battery; it also takes up almost half of the inside (reminds me of the inside of an iPad)
  • the logic board was sealed well by Apple; unable to verify if the A4 chip is inside
  • everything has shrunk down to accommodate the larger battery

I don’t know how to explain it, but it feels weird seeing the inside of the next iPhone, as it has not been officially announced by Apple. Yes, it’s pretty cool to see pictures of the ‘next iPhone’ but has Gizmodo gone too far with revealing Apple’s internals on their prototype? Steve Jobs is probably pretty livid right now, as their precious unit has been raped by Gizmodo editors for the world to see.

As for why there are no pictures of the “Connect to iTunes”? John Gruber suspects Gizmodo damaged the unit during the tear down. We’ll never know! One thing is for sure, the Apple + Gizmodo relationship surely has been damaged, if not entirely gone down the toilet by now.


On a side note, I love the images that are user created in Gizmodo’s comments section:



  • djepsilon

    I swear, this is the stuff movies are made of. Where can I buy up the rights?

  • Half_Pint

    I still find it bizarre that someone finds a lost cel phone, and their first instinct – rather than trying to find the owner – is to disassemble it. Hope I never misplace my car in their neighbourhood.

  • Don’t forget: Business Analysts too afraid to ask about this HUGE STORY???


    Gizmodo explaining that seriously, it’s not a PR stunt, seriously guys, really:

    I made the Jon/Kate Tabloid reference *too soon* This has ‘Lost iPhone’ has gone from Tabloid to Soap Opera and back again – I’m almost bored with it.

  • Well, you got to give it to Gizmodo for being on the ball.

    Plus: Massive exposure (I saw the news story here on Spanish TV)
    Minus: Will your relationship with Apple and others souffer?

    Nonetheless, you have great Cojones

  • Nice one. I have stumbled and twittered this for my friends. Hope others find it as interesting as I did.

  • Andrew

    If this is not a stunt and what we're hearing about the situation is true, Gizmodo would be insane not to take advantage and post this content. For the people that read tech blogs and rumor forums, Gizmodo has a duty to deliver content like this — and that means taking the device apart and releasing every detail possible. If the phone was actually lost by Apple, it's their own fault for entrusting someone with a supposedly valuable prototype and no amount of media coverage should be seen as anything but the consequences of their own mistake. I don't think these sources should worry about their relationship with Apple because all they do is generate free advertising and hype for the company anyways.

  • Derrick


    It shocks me how many people have asked “Has Gizmodo gone to far?” re: relations with Apple, or “preserving the mystery of Apple releases.”

    Seriously, how ridiculous is that? Gizmodo is a gadget news site. This is a scoop on one of the biggest new gadgets coming out. If you want “Magical Apple Surprise Mystery” then don't read such news. Like Andrew said, Gizmodo would be insane *not* to take advantage of this. They have, if anything, a duty to their readers to do so!

    This is how the game is played. If you want something kept a secret, it's on you to keep it a secret. Others don't care, and will do whatever they can to find out. If you mess up – and, like in this case, have an engineer take the device off-site, get drunk and lose it… well, that's your problem. Deal with it as you like, but don't expect news sites to ignore something that – in this field – is actually news worthy. More so – and not in spite of – Apple's normally solidly locked down security.

  • thekingsnake

    Has anyone heard when and if the iPhone 4G is supposed to be released here in Canada? Will Rogers be carrying it?
    I literally bought a 3GS less then 1 month ago. I'm willing to return it, if possible, and wait until the 4G comes out if we're looking at some time this summer. I kinda need to know sooner cause time is of the essence here. Pretty soon I don't think I'll be able to get out of my contract (If they'll even let me).

  • jayzero

    It'll take to next year!the software will work on your phone! I have the same situation! But i'm not so worry! Love my phone

  • There's no reasons why it wouldn't be available here this summer, just like it was the case for the 3G and 3GS.
    I'd say return your 3GS and then be really patient 😉 At least that's what I'd do!

  • lola

    I just bought a 3gs today and heard more about this one…I don't have the phone yet I'm picking it up tomorrow so I wonder if I can change my plan to a regular 30$ one for a few months, return my iphone which i haven't touched yet, and wait for the hew this possible?

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